Sol Invictus wrote:Why do you keep insisting that, if person has no strong gender identity and doesn't like gender roles, they must still pick gender based on their sex?
What the fuck? When did I ever say that? I didn't.
A person's gender identity (or in other words, just their gender) is separate from their sex. Gender roles are socially imposed on people and do not always fit their gender. Likewise, sex is a totally different thing from gender. Usually someone's sex and gender match, more or less, but not always. Therefore your claim that I "keep insisting [others] must still pick gender based on their sex" is a strawman and really dumb. Stop doing it.
For one thing, nobody has to pick a gender in the first place. I would argue that much like sexual orientation, gender picks you.
Lur wrote:ve noticed some cis people switch quickly to talk about gender roles when their cisness comes up, but trans people initially avoid the topic. (At least the adults, trans children live a different situation.)
That's weird. I wouldn't do that.
razlem wrote:Why is it important to have a gender identity? I'm not sure I understand how it benefits anyone.
Why is it important to have a sexual orientation? Or a racial identity? Or a cultural one?
My gender doesn't affect how I live my life that much, because I don't care very much if others perceive me as fitting the masculine gender role. The vast majority of the time I do, but if I like something that's stereotypically feminine then I don't care. It's just a feeling that I have: I am a man and always have been. If I didn't have a gender at all then it wouldn't change my behaviour much either, but it would feel different. This is something that's hard to quantify; you just know your gender in the same way you know you're a cat person or you enjoy potato chips.